Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

America, at work already

four days with me and she's already 'working.'  she was charming for the class I subbed in today, more awake than asleep and only two accidents;-)

a few green eared pics before the ink disappears:

takin' on the big guys at puppy play on Sunday:

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Two extraordinary birthday gifts

This photo of Lila taken on Easter Sunday
This cherished heart quilt made by Mary Ann.
This is the second year in a row she's graced me with her talents.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Puppy puppy puppy

On the eve of receiving my 5th puppy to raise for CCI, I opened a particularly wonderful birthday present from Sherry - a plethora of dog books. This one, published in 2002,

has some wonderful vintage photos with meaningful quotes.
Here's the first of many I plan to share:

"Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole."

It reminds me much of my mother, a consummate dog lover.

Guaranteed to make you smile!

Thank you, Patti, for putting this on your blog.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Today's adventure

Pam and I took a field trip to see the cows in La Jolla. There are 40 in all, I think we saw about 27. Each is a life size fiberglass bovine, painted by different artists. At the end of the exhibit, each cow will be auctioned off to benefit Rady Children's Hospital and the San Diego Zoo. You can see more info at this site: lajollacowparade.
There is a gallery of all the cows and their clever names.
Oh, at the end of route, take a break at Harry's!

new fun

Thank you! I miss the peacock hair:-)

Monday, April 13, 2009

A lovely getaway

What a lovely treat, spending my birthday/Easter weekend in Catalina.  Rod had never been and it's probably been 40 some years since I'd been.   We spend Friday afternoon viewing the museum, hoping to find the plaque that commemorates his mom's aqua plane adventure. No such luck, but learned lots about the island.
Rod chose our hotel, The Metropole, from the fact that they had robes.  He knows that's my criteria for a good hotel.

This is the view from our balcony on Holy Saturday morning.
You can see the Wrigley mansion on the hill in the distance.  This is where we ate lunch.
Rod tending bar at the Wrigley mansion.
This could be Wyanne - is the name of the boat near here a predilection?
Not only did we see all manner of people, but all manner of dogs.
Love those prickly pear cactus hearts!
These next few photos are taken at the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens.
This is a bunny ear cactus.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Visiting America and the Adorable A's

Sweet, sweet puppies! Breezey's third litter, all lovely ladies.
They are half sisters to Wyanne.
Two are labbie looking, two are fluff balls and three are medium ruffly, fluffy. America, the hot pink beauty, is a medium and should be coming to our house April 16th.
Thank you, Cath, for your gracious hosting of our visit - such a privilege!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Pursuit of Happiness

Please follow this link thepursuitofhappines for a moving presentation on our freedom.

p.s. when Patti Digh speaks, I listen! Love being her facebook friend!

The Beauty in Austin

Derek, I almost think you could quit your day job you're such a phenomenal photographer!

Tomato Garden

maybe a little unconventional, but we're pretty excited to see what results we get.
you can see in this picture they're already turning up.

Deja vu

What a sweet day, subbing yesterday in first grade.
It was very special having Molly, aka Tricky, my very first pup I raised for CCI back in 2003, spend the day with us. She has a heart of gold!

12 Ways to use you camera as a tool

This is from photojojo

12 Ways to Use Your Camera as a Tool

Never leave the house without two things:

a Swiss Army knife, and
your camera.
Why the knife? Because it’s a multitasking tool that you can use a kajillion different ways.

Why a camera? For exactly the same reason.

We’ve rounded up so many alternate uses for your camera that you’ll start bringing it everywhere. Use it as a flashlight, a memory aid, or a mirror, and you’ll never let it leave your side again.

Your camera may be a toy, but there’s no reason it can’t also be a tool.

12 Ways to Use Your Camera as a Tool


Before you head out on a long trip, don’t bother rooting around for a pen to write down your parking space number. Take a photo of your parking spot so you can find it again when you come back.


If you need to take directions with you, but don’t have a printer, take a picture of the computer screen instead. You can zoom in quite a lot, and will be able to read the directions on the camera’s monitor.

Also works for confirmation numbers, email addresses and incriminating online photos of friends and acquaintances.


You know the drill: you run out of something, you go to the store to replace it, and you realize you can’t remember which size or model number you need. Snap a photo before you throw the old one away and you’ll have it on you when you need it.


Take a photo of your name and address, and lock it on your memory card. That way, if you ever lose your camera, the person who finds it will know who it belongs to.


Before heading out to buy ingredients for a project or recipe, take a picture of the ingredient list. Zoom in on the camera’s screen to be able to see each item on the list.


Take pictures of each step when you take something apart, so you’ll know how to put it back together later on. That way you won’t end up with those four screws and one unidentified twiddly bit that always seem to be left over after “fixing” something.


Heaven forfend you get in a fender bender, but if you do, you’ll be glad you had a camera. Taking photos of the accident scene will help you remember details of what really happened, and it’ll make the insurance claim rigmarole a lot easier.


Check your teeth for spinach when you don’t have a mirror. Or see how you look in really really dark sunglasses.


When you see a book at a friend’s place that you want to read, an album you want to get, or a gift you want to pick up for somebody, take a photo of it. That way you’ll have all the information you need when you finally get around to going shopping.


If you get caught without a flashlight, use the flash or focusing light on your camera to help you see better.

Or, if you drop your keys behind the sofa, use the monitor on your camera to help you see into places you can’t quite reach.


If you’re like us, you have a list of places you want to go, or restaurants you want to try, but when you find yourself with a free evening you draw a blank on where to go.

Taking pictures of places when you see them will remind you that there are loads of new places to try, so you won’t end up at the same restaurant every Friday night.


Chances are it’s easier to find your camera in a bag full of stuff than it is to find a blank piece of paper and a pen that actually works.

Save yourself some time and snap a picture of that crucial phone number when you’re out apartment hunting, or when you see a flyer you don’t want to forget.


If you’re looking for more tips on how to use your camera as a tool, check out this post at cockeyed.com!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

No news is good news

Nothing's been heard about Wyanne, which is good, however, she surfaced in San Diego Lawyer's Magazine.
NIce job, Jennifer!

Thanks, Mr. Doody, for sharing this!